How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

How to Sew a Button And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew Waste not want not with this guide to saving money taking heart and enjoying the simple pleasures of life Nowadays many of us outsource basic tasks Food is instant ready made and processed with

  • Title: How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
  • Author: Erin Bried
  • ISBN: 9780345518750
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Waste not, want not with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.Nowadays, many of us outsource basic tasks Food is instant, ready made, and processed with unhealthy additives Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons But life can be much simp Waste not, want not with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.Nowadays, many of us outsource basic tasks Food is instant, ready made, and processed with unhealthy additives Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer and a lot fun, too As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country as well as modern day experts and shares than one hundred step by step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to polish your image by shining your own shoes grow your own vegetables and stash your bounty for the winter sweeten your day by making your own jam use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals feel beautiful by perfecting your posture roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection waltz without stepping on any toesComplete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times By doing things yourself, with care and attention, you and your loved ones will feel the pleasing rewards of a job well done.

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  • i'm pretty sure that i heard about this book in an issue of real simple magazine. and, if i hadn't than i should have because it's a lot like reading real simple, only not as good. i.e. a few bits of "oo, fab idea" nestled amidst lots of painfully obvious bits that you should've learned in elementary school. and, everything was just so random and simplified - although written in a tone which i think was supposed to be snarky and fun, sort "you go girl!;" only instead of being snarky and fun, it [...]


  • I’m sure (and I’ll check once I’ve written this review) that I “discovered” this do-it-yourself guide via one of my friends. I probably did not read a synopsis of it, so I was unaware that it was written as girl-to-girl advice. Nonetheless, I stuck it out cover-to-cover as most of the topics are of equal use to all genders.I was fortunate enough to know both of my Grandmothers (plus one Great-Grandmother) and like those whose wisdom is ensconced in this book they had their own special [...]


  • I expected to like this book much more than I did. I really agree on the overall premise. I think we could learn a lot and utilize our resources much better if we took a cue from the older generations. I know many women who can't sew a button. One of the issues is with the writing style which is forcefully cheeky. Sometimes you find this forced humor funny and other times, annoying. Also, the book is peppered with illustrations of various retro women engaging in the tasks being explained, but wh [...]


  • I agree with some of the other reviewers that this was a neat idea, but it could have been executed a bit better. For starters I would have loved more diagrams - some things like knitting, hemming, and folding a fitted sheet really deserved pictures. Content-wise there were highs and lows, in my opinion. I wasn't expecting such a substantial cooking section I kinda figured anyone looking to make a pie would buy a cookbook. Also the author mentioned pilling on sweaters in the introduction, but ne [...]


  • What a handy, humorous little reference guide to the traditional wisdom of capable women! I love this book, and it has already helped me get out a few stains (from spilling things on my clothes). This book has everything from choosing produce, ironing things properly, growing an herb garden, dealing with difficult neighbors, to spending a romantic date night at home without having to shell out money for an expensive restaurant dinner, and much in between - all written in such a way as to give yo [...]


  • I love the tone of this book, what might have been a dry how-to manual is brimming with humor. For instance, a recipe on page three calls for "1 egg (beaten but not conquered)". Step two begins with, "Did that take you forever?" Step four instructs, "Pop a few blueberries into your mouth."Instructions for preparing a chicken include these words of wisdom, "If you're temporarily grossed out, there's no kind way to say this: Get over yourself." and these words of encouragement, "It's hard to cluck [...]


  • This was one of those faintly aggrivating books that don't quite get the balance right between interesting information and witty voice. I think perhaps I'm not the best target audience, as I already know much of what's included; it seems to be rather a graduation-gift type book. I was really hoping for something with a little more substance--since there's some neat things to be learned from the grandmothers who survived the depression and World War Two and the Cold War and the Sixties and


  • I would actually give this book 3.5 stars because there are a lot of helpful tips. There are a lot of nifty little tricks that I never knew about, like using vinegar and baking soda for everything with cleaning, or how to clean an oven properly. However, Erin Bried writes with a bit too much familiarity; it's almost as if she is writing the book as tips to her friends. I can understand the appeal, but the little interjections got annoying at some points. I also think she is writing it for a poli [...]


  • This review is also posted on my blog.(view spoiler)[That was an adorable read!Not only was it super informative and REALLY useful for learning how to do timeless home ec skills, the language and wording was just hilarious. It didn’t sound sterile, like so many how-tos do, and instead was worded like I was writing it myself. Nothing was disrespectful or condescending, and everything was explained and detailed down to the finest points, so that there’s really no doubt in how to do much of any [...]


  • I like the idea of this book a lot, and some of the helpful info in the last half helped it earn the last star, but overall I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be. For one thing, many of the tasks chosen seemed to speak to an audience of helpless people. On the other hand, though, too many of the tasks are things that really can't/shouldn't be explained without pictures in a few pages or less (see: brewing beer, knitting, butchery, among others). If someone really didn't know how to do these th [...]


  • A cute and quirky book to get you thinking about knowledge that is being lost with modern conveniences. As some people commented, it is far from being an end-all in cooking, sewing, or socializing; more like dipping one's toes into a pond of tradition. I personally found the sections about canning, darning and gardening especially helpful. And though this isn't a book most people consume whole, I nibbled at it all the way through, piece by piece, for some light night time reading. Can't wait to [...]


  • I liked the concept of this book, but not the execution. Instructions are either ludicrously simple (how to shop locally: join a CSA or shop at the farmer's market. REALLY????!?? Also explained: how to plan a weekly menu (instructions: pick recipes for 7 days (seriously, that's in there))) or useless without pictures or more detailed instructions (I have absolutely no clue what the "how to darn a sock" instructions were describing).


  • Ummm really? I guess if you work in New York for a magazine you don't know how to do anything except hail cabs? Most people I know can do most of the things in this book, but I do live in a small town so maybe it's different. I was hoping for some more obscure skills that Grandma knew, these seem more like basic life skills.


  • This is one of those books that I'm going to have to read again with a notebook next to me so that I can remember the advice! This is one book that I am going to purchase and keep in my home, both to use and to loan. I cannot wait to get ahold of How to Start a Fire and Other Things Your Grandfather Knew.


  • Erin Bried complied some great skills in a easy to read format. My favorite tips were about cleaning.I think I still have the nesting urge. And I'm impressed with all that my mother passed on to me. Being self-sufficiet is so empowering.


  • Some gems in the book, mostly in the cleaning section, though the rest was intuitive and definitely written in a tone that was so over the top that it got grating within a few pages of starting the book.





  • I must be somebody's grandma because I know most of this stuff. While Bried offers a list of the actual grandmothers who contributed information and stories, it is apparently her own attempts at humor that I found annoying. It's a sad, sad commentary that these "skills" are becoming lost. The most interesting piece was the one on making dandelion wine, which my own grandfather used to do. He swore that the dandelions they found in cemeteries made the best wine. That may only have been to trick m [...]


  • The male version contains all kinds of useful information about how to do well at work, how to provide for your family, how to be a role model, etc. The female version contains tips and tricks on cleaning your house, saving money, and hosting parties. I found the male version more applicable and useful to my life as a modern female with a job and financial responsibilities -- please don't give your daughter the female version of this book unless you don't think she's very capable. I should have [...]


  • Perhaps it's the fact that I was taught many of these things by my grandmother or even my mother, but this version of what you can learn from the greatest generation just didn't hold my interest. Now, there are a couple of interesting lessons in here--like how to play charades which I thought was a neat parlor game as I watched black and white sitcoms, or even the beer making (which I don't drink and I suspect that by the time you have the ingredients you could purchase stock). I would have like [...]


  • This book didn't hold a lot of value for me. I felt like the topics included were pretty common sense. But maybe that's just me. The pictures included should have been more instructional rather than just "decor" for the page. Her writing style was entertaining. I recommend checking this one out of the library first to make sure it's what you need. Maybe it would be a good gift for a young teenager to help in your teaching of life things.


  • Got this book through my "Singe Swag" subscription box. I'm overall happy with it! We all google some weird questions sometimes, as how to get coffee stains away. This book is nice to have in handy. I don't think I'd buy it for myself, but I'm happy to have it in my bookshelf.



  • absolutely adorable while being incredibly helpful and informative. I love the little biographies of the writers.


  • In the world of how-to books, How to Sew a Button deserves its very own shelf. Author Erin Bried interviewed ten real, authentic-down-to-their-homemade-jam-stained fingertips grandmamas from around the nation. The fun and easy-to-read manual uncovers the lost art of making a home: shining shoes, gardening and storing vegetables, folding crisp fitted sheets, and, yes, sewing those loose buttons.


  • One may question why I have included this book in zombie week, but one of the most important things about a zombie apocalypse is survival! Some of the best survivalists in the world are our grandparents and great grandparents as they have lived through some of the most tumultuous times our country has seen. They have seen the Great Depression, World Wars, etc. and have always made it through (otherwise we wouldn't be here). That is how this book first caught my attention.What kept me reading tho [...]


  • Title: How to Sew a ButtonAuthor: Erin Bried Genre: “How to” bookTheme(s): Craft, hobbies, home economics, success, motivation, self-esteem Opening line/sentence: “It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to these ten amazing grandmothers, all of whom have lived through the Great Depression and contributed their knowledge and stories to this book.” Brief Book Summary: This book has the collected wisdom from grandmothers across the country as well as modern day experts on how to cook, cl [...]


  • (No, not the e-book, I have the paperback, but this is what my cover looks like!) Mostly, I really like the concept, but only "like" the book itself. Some of these "how to's" are things that are painfully obvious, & some I will never need (at least I hope not)! Still - loads of fun - love the grandma stories in the beginning of the book. I actually feel like I missed out on a lot of this "home ec" kind of stuff. Grandma #1 died when I was 3; Grandma #2 lived far away & I only saw her eve [...]


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